Glen Rose will bustle with activity this weekend as several big events are set to take place.

The annual Paluxy Pedal bike ride has quickly become a favorite tradition, but there will be a few changes this year.

Billy Huckaby, Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) director, said a spaghetti dinner is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday night at the Somervell County Citizen’s Center. The dinner is open to the public and riders. Tickets are $7.50 per person at the door and proceeds will go to the Somervell County Committee on Aging. Huckaby said tickets do not need to be purchased in advance, but they are asking anyone interested to call the CVB at 897-3081 to make sure enough food is prepared.

Brent Hoodenpyle and his band will serenade dinner-goers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday night on the square.

The Paluxy Pedal starts early Saturday when riders leave the Glen Rose High School at 8 a.m. The riders will travel up Barnard Street and turn right at Highway 144. Huckaby encourages residents to be at the square between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to watch the riders go by.

“We have well over 200 pre-entries from all over the country,” Huckaby said. “We should have 600 to 800 riders depending on the weather. It will be quite a sight to see 700 bikes go by.”

A pumpkin art contest is set for 9 a.m. on the square. Contestants can carve, paint, sculpt or otherwise decorate real pumpkins. The entry fee is $3.

Lil’ Miss Pumpkin Fest begins at 11:30 a.m. Girls ages one to eight will compete for the title. The entry fee is $10. For more information contact Aubrey at 898-1900.

A pie-eating contest will start at noon on the square. For $5, contestants can stuff their faces with all the pie they can eat.

The Glen Rose Rodeo Association and an anonymous donor have given 18 bicycles and helmets to pre-selected Glen Rose children.

A few of the bikes include training wheels because the children range in age from PreK to 5th grade. The bikes will be given away at 1 p.m. on the square.

A bounce house will open for the kids to jump around in. Vendors will be stationed around the square for additional shopping opportunities. Several bands will play throughout the day, including The Southern Brothers and The Brazos River Blues Band. Fall decorations will also be put up around downtown during the festival.

The Somervell County Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a National Night Out event at 5 p.m. at the Expo Center parking lot.

The firefighters will serve hot dogs and drinks. A bounce house will be open for children and the fire trucks will be on display.

The Somervell County Sheriff’s department will be on hand with the K-9 unit and a helicopter will also be on display.